Marshmallow leaf Benefits & Information

Uses

Use marshmallow leaves to make an infusion that will provide a gentle, protective coating to the digestive tract. Marshmallow leaves are similar in action to marshmallow root powder, but they contain less mucilage and are more pleasant to take. Like the root, the leaves treat many digestive complaints of an inflammatory nature, e.g. gastritis, heartburn, diverticulitis.

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Combinations

Marshmallow leaves combine well with meadowsweet or chamomile as tea. I do not recommend the tincture for digestive purposes.

How to take

Marshmallow leaf should be taken as an infusion, either made with hot or cold water (see overleaf). Because it is a very light herb, use generously heaped teaspoons to make an infusion.

Dosage

Adults: 1 cup of hot or cold water infusion, 1-3 times a day (see box overleaf).

Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.

HOW TO MAKE A COLD-WATER INFUSION Ingredients

• 2 teaspoonsful of dry marshmallow leaf or 1 teaspoonful marshmallow root (not powder)

• 1 cupful of lukewarm water To make

• Put dry marshmallow leaf or root in an average-sized cup.

• Pour a cupful of lukewarm water over the herbs.

• Leave to stand overnight (10-12 hours)

• Strain the herbs.

• Mix with some hot water so that you can drink it warm.

Marshmallow leaf Benefits & Information

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